European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
Oct 24 ,2017
Text and Photos: Prof. Airnel T. Abarra- Head Coach Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Team
With Photos From Mr. Ed Leuenberger Jr.
Through our consistent effort to connect and learn with countries with a strong culture in Athletics. We got finally invited by two leading clubs in the Czech Republic and Germany. SSK Vitkovice Athletics Club of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Given us the chance to watch and experience world-class Athletics action of the 55th Golden Spike Ostrava. At the newly refurbished Městský stadion, Vitkovice, Ostrava, the Czech Republic on 20-May-2016. While MTG Mannheim Leichathletik provided us the time and facility to do a 3-day training camp in Michael Hoffman Stadion, Mannheim, Germany on 22-26-May.
Selected Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Team members and their parents. Saw live Olympic and World Record holder Usain Bolt in one of the major events of the IAAF World Challenge.
Ateneo de Davao University Athletes with German National Sprinter Alexandra Burghardt.
Spike Tour European Lessons for Philippine Athletics
Few days after Golden Spike Ostrava, Ateneo de Davao Athletics team went to MTG Mannheim Leichathletik (MTG Mannheim Athletics) in Mannheim, Germany. And spent 3 days of training and coaching with one of the leading athletics clubs in Germany. MTG Mannheim is the home of most German National Athletes in Sprints and Field Events. One of them is the star of Team Germany on 100m dash Alexandra Burghardt. Headed by its director and our host Mr. Michael Germann. Provided hands-on information on training sequences and drills especially for young athletes.
We know the fact the and difference between the European Union and Philippine Athletics in terms of facilities and other aspects. What thing can we learn from them? We observed the following culture:
European Lessons for Philippine Athletics: VIP Treatment
Culture of excellence- upon watching Golden Spike Ostrava, they make sure that all things needed for the athletic competition is provided. Upon arriving at the train station, we met a carpool service using high-end cars. Because the organizers of Golden Spike Ostrava has been doing this for 55 times. No wonder they had the support not only of the government. But also private entities because they kept on improving the event.
I remember last year, the media center is in a temporary room near the lower level of the stadium. Now that the media center at a new and better place at the stadium. If only our meets will keep up this character of excellence. It is sure that Athletics will draw more crowds.
Culture of openness
I’ve seen how accommodating MTG Mannheim community during our training camp inside their facility. Even there is a language barrier, German National Sprint Coach Valerij Bauer shared his training techniques. Meanwhile, Alexandra Burghardt even the fact she is preparing for Olympic qualifiers, took time to meet us and lead the warm-up and drills of our athletes. On top of this, Michael Germann even he is the head of the MTG Mannheim take care of everything we need to make our stay in the city more comfortable. The hands-on attitude of sports leaders in Germany should be emulated by those leaders who never go down from their “ivory towers”.
Culture of integrity
In Golden Spike Ostrava, all were given chance to have the official results as soon as possible. In our previous posts, we noted that social media and official websites bearing the real lists, season bests and progression of athletes in the German Athletics Federation website shows that all athletes in the national team including their results are properly documented.
Coach Valerij Bauer and other national coaches are properly distributed in different athletics clubs and results and performances are strictly monitored. Compared with the current system that most national coaches were centered in the capital city.
National coaches in Germany are training in their respective sport clubs where their athletes were and helping the regional growth of other aspiring coaches in their respective communities. This kind of decentralization of national coaches eliminates the possibility of “poaching” and will harness homegrown talents.
To sum up, we went to Europe self-funded and we worked on establishing contacts to our Czech and German counterparts for the past year. The initiative of Blue Knights Track League is our primary basis on how we convince them to link their clubs to the Athletics community of Ateneo de Davao. Besides, during our stay, we integrate, home-stayed, and “CouchSurf” with our host communities.
Through this, we established good faith with our colleagues and Europe and we look forward to building better relationships so that people will come and be convinced that exposing athletes to excellence is a way for them not only to learn new techniques but also proving that raising the culture of Athletics in the Philippines is imperative.
Airnel Abarra European Adventures
Nov 13, 2017
www.pinoyathletics.info goes global! IAAF World Series Golden Spike Championships first time covered by PH Media
IAAF World Series Golden Spike Championships
Airnel T. Abarra-Chief correspondent, www.pinoyathletics.info
OSTRAVA,CZECH REPUBLIC. For the first time in Philippine media history. A Filipino will cover live an IAAF global event. As www.pinoyathletics.info, chief correspondent Prof. Abarra is on-site in Czech Republic. To bring in the latest events and views. At the 2015 Zlata Tretra Ostrava (Ostrava Golden Spike) IAAF World Challenge, in Městský stadion on 25-26 May.
Prof. Airnel T. Abarra. The concurrent head coach of the Ateneo de Davao UniversityTrack and Field team. And the main organizer of the Blue Knights Track League. Put all efforts to visit the biggest Athletics event in Czech Republic. Main event of the tournament is the 100m men. With record holder Usain Bolt as one of the participants.
Stay tuned on www.pinoyathletics.info and Facebook.com/pinoyathletics for this once in a lifetime media coverage.
European Athletics Culture in the Eye of an Atenean Coach
Jun 20, 2015
Prof. Airnel T. Abarra-Head of Ateneo de Davao Track and Field Program and www.pinoyathletics.info Chief Correspondent
Note: This is a repost of the article posted in http://athletics.addu.edu.ph
It’s been always said that “experience is the best teacher”. As an educator and coach, it is imperative for us to really learn from different activities and events to further enhance our skills and knowledge. One of the best ways to really learn more and raise your level of excellence is through travel.
Recently, I had a great chance to visit the Czech Republic and Germany to witness the 2015 Golden Spike Ostrava Athletics Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Sparkasse Gala in Regensburg, Germany on 26-May and 06-June.
The reason why I did this is in order to observe how competitions in the European Union are done. And what lessons can be learned from them. Through this insight, I will present a few points I’ve observed.
When I went to Golden Spike in Ostrava. I see how their human resource works. All facilities have people you can ask to and the secretariat and accreditation desks are manned by competent persons. Who are neatly dressed and very approachable. The fact there is a language barrier. As most of them are not fluent in English. They still try their best to accommodate your concerns.
I have high regard for Ms. Martina Kucerova, the press officer of the 2015 Golden Spike. As she provided me the best treatment as a media/observer even the fact I am not from their country. Media conference rooms are already set-up complete with WiFi and results panel days before the actual competition. Which is way different from my experience in local and national competitions in the Philippines. Where facilities are still being constructed even during the competition proper.
09- Martina Kucerova, the press officer of the Golden Spike Championships provided me the best treatment as an observer and media practitioner.
Another fact that I’ve seen. Is that most people handling the different tasks in the tournament are simply volunteers from their local Athletics club. Compared to competitions that are manned by people who are simply paid. Volunteers are better because they are committed. And have a high sense of responsibility. Because they do the tasks for the love of the game.
It is also noticed that most of the staff are young and well trained in their respective tasks. As expected, all of them are well groomed with proper and neat uniforms. So that they can be easily identified.
Still magnificent under restoration the Palatul Culturii (Palace of Culture). Was once the palace of Moldavian kings. And now the prime jewel of the city of Iasi.
Looking high at the equestrian statue of Stefan Cel Mare or King Stephen the Great which ruled Moldavia centuries ago. On the last leg of my Romanian expedition and which is the most important part of the journey, I went to the city of Constanta which is the primary Black Sea port of Romania and where the Ovidius University Constanta which is the venue of the conference is located.
My trip really shows that Romania is a country worth to be a land of choice for travelers. There may be some problems along the way such as getting directions etc. Still, you can’t help but some time to sit around at the city center and view its sights as it widens your perspective towards the world.
About the author:
Airnel T. Abarra is a public high school student from San Pablo City, Philippines. Recently he finished MS Human Movement Science at the UP College of Human Kinetics. And presented his thesis at the 13th International Scientific Conference: Perspectives in Physical Education and Sport at the Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania.
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Airnel Files: Proposal for 2011 EASS Conference Umea, Sweden
I found this on pinoymiler group as i was cleaning up and removing the facebook group. Our
very own Professor 5 years ago.
I would like to share my abstract proposal which was accepted for poster presentation for
2011 European Association of Sport Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden.
Still I am looking for funding my travel expenses. Any financial assistance will be highly
appreciated. Based on my knowledge it would be the first that a Filipino graduate student
will present in this kind of academic conference in Human Movement Science. Kindly check
the abstract below for your perusal. Thank you very much.
Perceived Difficulty of Physical Education Teachers in Implementing the Music Arts
Physical Education and Health Program in the Division of San Pablo City, Laguna
In the Philippines, the Physical Education is taught together with Music, Arts, Physical
Education and Health (MAPEH).
It was part of the Basic Education Curriculum implemented by the Philippines’ Department
of Education (DepEd) starting school year 2001-2002 and was revised in school year 2010-
2011 using the principle of Understanding by Design. The initial philosophy was to integrate
all four disciplines into one.
However, at present most teachers in the field have only the education and training to teach
one discipline but are often required to teach all four subject areas. This study therefore
attempted to identify the perceived difficulties experienced by both public and private
secondary teachers of the MAPEH program.
Interviews are the primary research tool for the study and were used to identify the subjects’
perceived difficulties in teaching MAPEH. Observations of how they taught the subject
using System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time (SOFIT) were also made.
In addition, demographic data such as age, gender, educational background and knowledge
and proficiency in physical activities, as well the application of pedagogical methods was
determined and assessed.
Since there are few studies about the effectiveness of the MAPEH program in the
Philippines, as well as little attention from the Philippines’ Department of Education, the
study is significant knowledge as to whether the current curriculum arrangement is
beneficial or not to students and teachers and how this is influenced by the teachers’
preparation to teach the MAPEH.
With the current alotted time for Physical Education under MAPEH which is one hour per
week, it was seen that students lacked the mastery of skill in a given activity due to the fact
that average teacher-student ratio is 1:50.
That’s why motivation for doing sports and physical activity is limited and not enjoyable .